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Highlights from the 2013 Disco-tech

JOHANNESBURG 6 November 2013 (AG for APCNews)

On 21 October, 2013, APC and Tactical Technology Collective hosted the first Disco-tech. It brought together over 100 techies, human rights defenders and rights activists from the eight Internet Governance Forum in Bali.

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Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women urges Cambodian government to use ICTs for women's rights

4 November 2013 (APCNews)

Ms Chim Manavy, Executive Director of APC member organisation Open Institute in Cambodia, joined the 56th session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) as a civil society observer for her country. This is the first time that ICTs have been mentioned in the CEDAW Concluding Observation for Cambodia.

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Azerbaijan: After the 2012 IGF, freedom of expression more vulnerable

BALI 28 October 2013 (AL for APCNews)

The situation for Azerbaijani activists who work online did not improve after the IGF came to town in 2012. In fact, it actually became worse. APCNews talks to Gulnara Akhundova of International Media Support and Emin Huseynov from the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety about the impact one year later.

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IGF 2013: How does gender intersect with internet governance?

25 October 2013 (Nadine Moawad for GenderIT.org)

The IGF has taken constructive steps to integrate gender equality into its space, processes and issues. Increasing the understanding of gender and internet specific concerns within the internet governance framework and debates is part of the Women’s Rights Programme agenda, and for this purpose this graphic synthesizes the main aspects of the intersection mentioned.

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Okvir and Foundation OneWorldSEE: We all have Responsibilities in the Fight for Freedom

21 October 2013 (Dejan Georgievski for OneWorldSEE)

On 11 October 2013, the press conference organised by the Okvir Association and the APC member Foundation OneWorld Platform for Southeast Europe to mark the International Coming Out Day was forcefully interrupted by a group of young men. However, the fight for freedom, security, visibility and right of LGBTIQA persons is permanent and we all have responsibility to take that fight and report, process and sanction hate-crimes.

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GenderIT.org at the eighth IGF: Support the women who support a free internet!

18 October 2013 (FF for GenderIT.org)

The theme for this year’s IGF is “Building Bridges – Enhancing Multi-stakeholder Cooperation for Growth and Sustainable Development.” The GenderIT.org team will be working on- and off-site to bring everything related to gender and ICT policy from the gender peripheries at the IGF. And we invite you to be a part of it!

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WHRD IC condemns systematic digital harassment of LACWHN

14 October 2013 (Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition for APCNews)

The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRD IC) expresses its deep concern at the recent hacking of the website of the Latin America and Caribbean Women’s Health Network’s (LACWHN). The attack is emblematic of the serious threat that online harassment presents to sexual and reproductive rights activists and constitutes a violation of LACWHN’‘s right to freedom of expression and association.

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African leaders reaffirm commitment to internet access amid blackout in Sudan

JOHANNESBURG 10 October 2013 (AG for APCNews)

Sudan experienced a massive internet outage on 25 September 2013 in addition to a violent crackdown on protests over fuel subsidy cuts by the Sudanese government. Evidence suggests that the connectivity blackout was not a catastrophic technical failure, but rather an intentional act to disconnect citizens of Sudan from the rest of the world and from each other.

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Gender peripheries of the Internet Governance Forum in Latin America

PERGAMINO 3 October 2013 (FF for GenderIT.org)

In August, the Sixth Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Internet Governance Forum took place in Argentina and showed that women are making headway in the Latin American forum. The involvement of young women in internet governance discussions about privacy and security and freedom of expression, gender analysis remains absent.

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SPACE Kerala celebrates Free Software Day, bringing free computer training to rural Wayanad

26 September 2013 (APCNews)

APC member in India SPACE Kerala and the Ms Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSFR) are building a free-software-based, community computing centre in the rural village of Kolagappara.

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